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Andreas Bitterer
Research VP
9 years at Gartner
27 years IT industry

Andreas Bitterer is a research vice president in Gartner, where he specializes in business intelligence, data integration and data quality, with expertise in analytical applications, data warehousing and information management.Read Full Bio

Von Populismus und Heckenschützen

by Andy Bitterer  |  February 25, 2009

This post is in German since it refers to an event and a related article in Germany. Die Hamburger IT Strategietage sind hier in Hamburg kürzlich zu Ende gegangen, als mich eine Email eines Kollegen erreicht mit einem Link zu einem Artikel des bekannten CIO Magazins. Darin wird von einem Panel berichtet, das sich mit […]

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The Flight of the Wannabees

by Andy Bitterer  |  February 18, 2009

What really annoys me is when people make public claims about things that they have clearly no clue about. Facts or the truth don’t seem to matter anymore, all that counts is bold verbiage. There could be multiple reasons for this behavior: Maybe some people are too lazy to do proper research before raising their […]

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Final preparation for The Hague

by Andy Bitterer  |  January 13, 2009

It’s that time of the year again, when many people from around the world gather in one place to discuss business intelligence, data warehousing, data quality, master data management, data integration, performance management, and so on. No, I’m not trying to get all buzzwords in (as there are tons more), just to highlight how broad […]

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Setting the Record Straight

by Andy Bitterer  |  December 28, 2008

Caution: Long post, but lots to say… Not often, a vendor reacts with a blog posting to the publication of a Gartner document. Press releases, yes, and a lot, kinda like “Company XYZ announces that a leading analyst firm has placed it in the leaders quadrant of the ABC Magic Quadrant…” Rarely, though, do we […]

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Wanted: Product Liability for Financial Products

by Andy Bitterer  |  October 23, 2008

Of course, there is no point locking the barn door now, since the horse has bolted. I’m talking about those billions of dollars and euros being spent to save banks. In a nutshell, what caused the market meltdown were banks selling products and approving loans that came with an enormous risk, and unfortunately, that risk […]

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Same Old Business Intelligence

by Andy Bitterer  |  October 21, 2008

I must have attended a few dozen BI vendor conferences large and small over the years and sat through many hundred BI briefings. And I have to admit, that my expectations have largely decreased over time. Maybe it’s because the market is considered mature, maybe because I have heard every possible marketing claim, maybe I’ve […]

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Oracle Logo on Racks?

by Andy Bitterer  |  September 25, 2008

With yesterday’s announcement of the Oracle Exadata Storage Appliance, Oracle essentially became a hardware vendor… well, sort of. With the help of their friends across Highway 101, Oracle leverages HP hardware, apparently servers and storage, Infiniband, its own 11g DBMS plus ASM and wraps it into a massively parallel database grid. So far so good. […]

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When Data isn’t Data yet

by Andy Bitterer  |  September 18, 2008

Sometimes it helps talking to a different set of clients to get a reality check. In my world, where all that’s needed is broadband and an airport (I’m exaggerating a little here) it is really helpful to get a new perspective on how our clients are grappling with day-to-day issues. I recently met with a […]

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Brazil as BI strategists?

by Andy Bitterer  |  September 17, 2008

Wherever I go to present on BI issues, such as technology, M&A, best practices, organizational issues, market development or else, one of my questions to the audience is “Who has a BI strategy?” and the typical response is fairly consistent. In most European or North American audiences, only about 2% of surveyed participants admit they […]

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